For much of deadline day it seemed that Alexis Sanchez could well be heading out of the Emirates exit door. The Gunners where considering a £60million bid for star forward Alexis Sanchez from Manchester City.
However, the north London outfit would only sell the Chilean if they could find a replacement. Relatively late on deadline day the Gunners finally agreed a £92million deal with Monaco for winger Thomas Lemar, who had interested the Gunners for the last few months.
That looked set to seal Sanchez’s exit to Manchester. The only obstacle was the fact that Lemar decided that he did want to move to the north London club. That meant Sanchez’s move to City was off and Arsenal could potentially lose him for nothing next summer.
Sanchez unhappy at Arsenal
Sanchez’s body language speaks volumes at times. His frustration at vented at his teammates when passes are mislaid and wrong decisions are taken is almost tangible. The Chilean is not perfect, but his actions also echo that of the fans sometimes.
Like the Arsenal fans, Sanchez wants to win titles and silverware. He wants to compete against the best teams on a level footing or for that matter any footing. In the last few seasons, he has done more than most to try to make that happen at Arsenal.
In truth, though, the team, squad and manager have not been good enough. Sanchez may be over-the-top at times, but his frustration is understandable.
The fact that Arsenal are now odds of 13/8 to finish in the top four this season illustrates that the Gunners are unlikely to challenge for the top honours.
Will he sulk?
The big question now that he is staying is will he sulk or will he get on with it and do his best for the team. This is a very difficult question to answer. At times last season, he seemed to struggle to motivate himself, although he did suffer a number of injuries during the last campaign.
If he gets on with things and plays for the team, then he could be an asset for the team. If he down tools and underperforms then it will be a poor decision to keep him for this season.
It will be highly interesting to see how this situation develops. I hope that for Arsenal, Sanchez knuckles down and performs to the best of his ability. If not then Arsene Wenger may have a massive problem in his dressing room.
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